Welcome to Association for Educational Communications and Technology

"AECT is my home in the field of instructional design and technology. My peers are here, my former students are here, who are now peers. Everything that goes on in instructional design and technology is here. You go beyond the journals, and it really is my family within the field."
Ginger Watson-Papelis, Associate Professor of Education, University of Virginia

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) is an international organization that values diversity of thought, culture and people whose activities are directed toward improving learning. AECT members may be found in colleges and universities; in the Armed Forces and industry; in museums, libraries, and hospitals; and in any other places where educational change takes place. AECT members include instructional designers, researchers, professors and teachers, educational technologists, and other professionals united by a passion for improving teaching and learning. Our members serve in many different settings including education, business and industry, non-profits, military, health care, and other environments. AECT members fulfill a wide range of responsibilities in the study, planning, application, and production of communications media for instruction.

AECT has become a major organization for those actively involved in instructional design and the development of a systematic approach to learning. It provides an international forum for the dissemination and exchange of ideas among its members and target audiences; it is the national and international advocate for the improvement of instruction; and it is the most widely recognized source of information concerning a wide range of instructional and educational technology. AECT and its members have numerous state and international affiliates, all of which are passionate about finding better ways to help people learn. AECT is the oldest professional home for instructional designers and continues to maintain a central position in the field, promoting high standards of scholarship and practice. AECT has 10 divisions and a Graduate Student Assembly that span the breadth and depth of the field. The association produces two print bimonthly journals, Educational Technology Research and Development and TechTrends, and three electronic journals, Journal of Formative Design in Learning, The Journal of Applied Instructional Design, and  International Journal of Designs for Learning.

2020 AECT Convention - jACKSONVILLE

Proposals Review
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Upcoming Events




CFP: Game-based Learning across the Disciplines


We would like to invite you to submit your pr...




CFP Deadline for 2020 Summer Research Symposium

April 1, 2020 is the deadline to submit your paper for the 2020 AECT Summer Research Symposium, Lear...




Call for Chapter Contributions: HKAECT 2020 Learning Environment and Design: Current and Future Impacts

April 1, 2020 is the Submission Deadline:
The Hong Kong Association for Educational Communica...




Virtual Book Club

During Spring 2020, The Systems Thinking & Change Division Virtual Book Club will be partnering ...

Latest News


March 24 2020

We need your help! Our Executive Board is following up on the listening forums hosted over the past...

AECT Statement on COVID-19

March 19 2020

The health, well-being and security of the AECT community is our highest priority. We are working wi...

AECT Office Announcement

March 13 2020

Due to COVID-19 the AECT office will be closed and personnel will be working remotely. We will conti...

AECT & NATO Design and Development Competition

March 03 2020

April 19 (11:59 PM EST) - Deadline for Round 1 Proposals This competition is an excellent opportunit...


New Book Series: 'Leadership and Best Practices in Educational Technology Management'

Dec 19 2019

Brill is pleased to announce that in collaboration with The Association for Educational Communicatio...

2019 Annual Proceedings - Las Vegas: Volume #1 and #2

Dec 16 2019

The 42nd Annual Proceedings are now online.

Excellence at Work

Nov 26 2019

Robert Doyle, Harvard University, conducts series of interviews with the editors of various AECT jou...

Learning, Design, and Technology: An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy

Nov 20 2019

An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy | Editors: Michael J Spector, ...

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